Navy to Close Arizona-based Cryptologic Training Detachment

Story Number: NNS041027-02Release Date: 10/27/2004 11:57:00 AM
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By Darlene Goodwin, Center for Cryptology Public Affairs

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (NNS) -- Citing a reduced requirement for training, the Center for Cryptology (CC) Corry Station is closing its detachment at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., by the end of fiscal year 2005.

Cryptologic courses will be moved to the CC Corry Station Pensacola Learning Site beginning in March 2005, with the first students attending training in Pensacola in the summer.

CC Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin R. Hooley said the Navy would cease participation in two of the three courses offered at Ft. Huachuca, resulting in a reduction in the annual student load of approximately 100-180 per year to 30.

"A primary goal of the Chief of Naval Operations' Revolution in Training is to produce the most effective fighting force as efficiently as possible," said Hooley. "My top priorities are to give the fleet a ready Sailor and to use the Navy's resources wisely. This move satisfies both - it aligns the 'A' school course and the follow on Morse Code course at a single site, providing the Sailor a more seamless training experience. It also saves the Navy travel costs, and recoups time spent traveling between Pensacola and Arizona."

According to Chief Warrant Officer Mark Countryman, officer in charge of the Fort Huachuca detachment, the Navy has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Army, having conducted Manual Morse Code training there since July 1993.

"Our staff loves working with the Army and other services," said Countryman. "The Army has taken good care of our needs and has been an excellent host. Additionally, the local community support has been overwhelming, especially the Military Affairs Committee. We will miss the close-knit community and outstanding Army support. However, closing the detachment and moving Manual Morse training back to Pensacola will save the Navy millions of dollars in the long run, and will reduce the number of personnel required to conduct this training."

For more information about the Center for Cryptology and Manual Morse Code training, log on to the Center's Web page on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) at

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